(photo courtesy of the author)
"Both born in 1916, Dick, dreams deferred, kept her house like an Ethan Allen showroom, while Jani crashed through 3 marriages on her way to becoming a feminist." That's the pitch for Dr.Julia Lee Barclay-Morton's proposed book The Amazing True Imaginary Autobiography of Dick & Jani which she's presently attempting to fund via Indiegogo.
This project may be of interest to many of my regular readers who are interested in biographies and completing memoirs. I won't recap the entirety of her project proposal here, other than to say that I think it's a solid idea that is at once profoundly personal to the author, yet touches on a bygone era from a compelling people's history angle. Both of her grandmothers sound really interesting and I think she'll be able to tell the stories well.
Dr. Barclay-Morton has been in many transitions lately, some of which she shares on her regular blog over at: http://julialeebarclay.blogspot.com. She is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham, teaching writing (composition & rhetoric). Her credentials include working as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at CUNY, an acting teacher at Hunter College, and she's taught workshops at Brecht Forum, NYC. Five years ago, she received a PhD from University of Northampton, UK by arguing that theater, through writing and performance can be an act of philosophy, a proposition that certainly gets my attention.
But back to her project: Dr. Barclay-Morton has reached 50% of her goal with a little over 20 days left to reach the remaining funds to buy her the time and resources she needs to finish her project. It would be great if you can be a major sponsor, but even if you can only chip in $5 or something close to that, I know she'd appreciate it!